Michigan Utility, in Announcing Retirement of 8 Coal-Fired Plants, Cites ‘Fundamental Transition’ in Utility Industry

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Robert Walton for Utility Dive:DTE Energy announced plans to retire eight coal-fired units at three Michigan locations, which combined to generate a quarter of the utility’s power last year.The company is shuttering its River Rouge, St. Clair and Trenton facilities, with the closures slated to take place in the next seven years.The new retirements, along with three others previously announced, will be replaced by wind, solar and natural gas. Closing the plants is a part of DTE’s “fundamental transformation” in how the it generates power, the company said.“The way DTE generates electricity will change as much in the next 10 years as any other period in our history,” DTE Energy Chairman and CEO Gerry Anderson said in a statement. Over the past five years, DTE has bolstered its renewable energy production, which now accounts for 10%  of the company’s total sales.The utility said it is working with the communities impacted by the plant retirements, and will transition employees working at these plants into new roles at other facilities.Shannon Fisk, Earthjustice managing attorney, said it is “critical” for the utility to not only ramp up clean energy investments, but also provide “a just economic transition for the employees and communities that have relied on the wages and taxes paid by these coal plants for the past more than forty years.”Full item: DTE to retire 8 Michigan coal units Michigan Utility, in Announcing Retirement of 8 Coal-Fired Plants, Cites ‘Fundamental Transition’ in Utility Industrylast_img

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